Career Resources

When Your Employees' Transgressions Become Your Own

By Desiree Yang

A company’s employees are a reflection of management and their unique brand of leadership – they are essentially the management’s responsibility. Hence, when an employee makes a mistake, a portion of the blame will always land squarely on the shoulders of management no matter the nature or severity of the blunder.

And since it is near impossible for managers to be aware of every single thing that goes on in their department – especially if it is a large one – it is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when they find themselves having to answer for their employees’ missteps. Fortunately, there are practical steps that managers can take to tackle such sticky situations. (Read More Here!)

Dress Codes: A Human Resource Perspective

By Koh Wanzi

Dressing well is all about the image. Company-wide dress codes often provide useful ways for companies to project a desired image, keep up with norms in the industry or enforce professional consistency in employees’ sartorial choices.

Walmart moved in September to change its dress code policy to require employees to don collared shirts and khaki pants, sparking an outcry among the ranks of its 1.3 million US employees.

The world’s largest retailer serves as a test case for companies considering similar moves, according to Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. And with some employees complaining that they cannot afford to adhere to the new dress code because of their meagre pay, Walmart has come under a hailstorm of publicity for its decision, providing lessons for other employers to draw from. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I Prepare for My Year-End Performance Evaluation?

Question: I’m due for my year-end performance review soon. I want to make it a productive experience. How can I prepare myself for the review process and the feedback I will receive?

Answer: Annual performance reviews are a routine at many companies, but even if you’re confident that you’ve done a good job this year, these year-end reviews are still capable of generating their fair share of anxiety. (Read More Here!)

Precrastination - The Danger of Finishing Tasks Too Early

By Desiree Yang

We’ve all procrastinated on one occasion or another – leaving what we can really do now for a later time – only to find ourselves scrambling to complete the task later as the deadline looms. There are countless caveats against procrastination, so it’s polar opposite – pre-crastination – must be a good thing, right?

Researchers define pre-crastination as the tendency to complete tasks as soon as possible, even at the expense of extra effort. And contrary to what you might expect, recent studies show that pre-crastinators – a new-fangled term for those who rush to check-off tasks on their to-do lists too early – engage in behaviour that is just as unproductive as their counterparts at the opposite end of the spectrum. (Read More Here!)

All in the Name of Productivity

By Desiree Yang

Some companies have taken to monitoring their employees’ every move via closed-circuit cameras (CCTVs) or tracking their computer and phone usage – in a bid to maximise productivity in the workplace. However, Chicago company WaterSaver Faucet has gone one step further and now limits its employees’ bathroom breaks to a mere six minutes per day or 30 minutes per week, because it thought some of its employees were spending an excessive amount of time in the bathroom.

To add on, a swipe-card system has been installed to track employees’ bathroom usage. Disciplinary action – not excluding the possible termination of the employee – is taken against employees who exceed this limit. A reward system is also in place, with gift cards being awarded to those who don’t use the bathroom at all during working hours. (Read More Here!)

Should Singapore Adopt a Bike-Sharing System?

By Desiree Yang

If you ever find yourself strolling along the bustling streets of New York City (NYC), you are likely to stumble across at least one of the hundreds of Citi Bike docking stations located all over the city. Since its launch in May 2013, NYC’s very own bike-sharing system, Citi Bike, has become tremendously popular among New Yorkers who are able to whizz around the city on a shiny blue bicycle for just US$95 a year, US$25 for a seven-day access pass or US$9.95 for a 24-hour access pass.

Bike-sharing systems – where bicycles are available for shared use on a short-term basis – have spread around the globe, with more than 600 cities in the world now having similar systems. On our very own sunny shores, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has plans to roll out a bike-sharing trial in areas with cycling path networks at the end of next year, and is currently calling for industry players to submit proposals for it via a request-for-information (RFI) exercise. (Read More Here!)

CPF Investment Crash Course

By Desiree Yang

AsiaOne Business reported in April this year that Singaporeans need to have at least seven digits in savings if they wish to retire at the age of 62. If this sounds shocking, that’s probably because it is. (Read More Here!)

Multi-Generational Worforces

By Desiree Yang

Singapore was dubbed ‘a wealthy nation that can’t afford to retire’ in an article published by CNBC in February last year, with factors such as the high cost of living and increased life expectancy being cited as reasons why many individuals continue working past the statutory minimum retirement age of 62 years.

To add on, the Singapore Government has promised to increase its efforts to support citizens who wish to continue working past their retirement age. The Retirement and Re-Employment Act (RRA) was amended to require employers to offer re-employment to eligible employees who turn 62, up to age 65. In addition, other efforts have been put in place to support citizens who want to work longer – the construction of the Devan Nair Institute, a seven-storey complex located in Jurong East, will provide a wide range of sectorial and generic skills-training opportunities. (Read More Here!)

Why You Should Be Able to Discuss Your Pay Openly

By Desiree Yang

The discussion of salaries among employees has always been viewed as a huge workplace taboo. It is a highly sensitive topic, with the potential to lead to ill will and feelings of resentment. However, the silence surrounding employee pay is to the detriment of employees – for instance, it enables inequitable pay between different genders or ethnicities to persist. (Read More Here!)

Old is Gold - Traditional Networking vs LinkedIn

By Desiree Yang

Employees are the cogs and wheels in a company’s growth engine, and the right employees in the right position will keep this engine chugging along merrily. It is no wonder that it is a top priority at many companies to actively source for and recruit talent, especially for leadership positions in the organisation. (Read More Here!)